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New Touches To Our Home | Home Decor / Accessories Haul

We love adding new touches to our home decor every now and then and recently we decided that we wanted to change up out bedroom. We finally found the bed we've been dreaming of after months and months of looking but having no luck finding 'the one'. Initially our new bed was seemingly not going to be as we couldn't fit the headboard up our winding stairs, but Adam managed to find someone who professionally cuts headboards and puts them back together for those who don't have straight stairs but that want a bed with a hefty headboard, like us. 

I'm going to share more on the new bed in a new bedroom tour blog post and video that I have planned, but I wanted to mention it as it was the reason for some of the new home accessories that we've bought lately. The new bed is an ottoman bed which means we've gained a lot of storage under the bed now, this in turn freed up more space in our bedroom which meant we were able to fill the new space with a brand new bookcase (again I'll talk more about the one we chose in my bedroom room tour coming soon), so we bought a few new bits, some of which you can see in this post, to go on our new bookcase. 

10 Unique Baby Girl Names That I Love

I think it's safe to say that two is our magic number when it comes to having children. We always said that we'd love to have two children, two years apart and we were fortunate and lucky enough to be able to have just that. When it comes to thinking about having any more children, we feel like we're happy and content as we are. There's two of us and two little ones and it feels right for us that way. I love being able to give them each dedicated time and I also love being able to still have dedicated time with my Husband too.

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Our Favourite IKEA Purchases That We Have In Our Home

We've always loved shopping at IKEA and over the years we've bought so much of our home furniture from them. I think what appeals the most is that you can go in and look at things before you buy unlike when you're buying from places online. Plus I like that they are generally quite fairly priced, you can get some really nice quality things but without having to feel like you're spending a small fortune. 

This blog post is not in collaboration in any way at all with IKEA, I just thought it would be good to show you some of our favourite purchases throughout our home. I've shared the names of and links to everything that I can down below and have included photos so that you can see exactly how we use certain things in our home and how they look, but if you'd like to see more of an in-depth look then you can head over to my youtube channel where you'll be able to find a full video on our top purchases as well as a very recent shop with us and see what's new in IKEA also. I'll leave the link to my video down below as well as an embedded video. 


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A Letter To The Lady Who Presumed My Son Had ADHD, Autism 'Or Something'

I wasn't going to write you a letter. My gut told me to let it go and move on. Your attitude towards us at the class that we trialled for my five-year-old Son last week hit me hard and it stuck with me for a few days. It left me upset, angry and confused at why a grown woman like yourself with two children of your own, in a role that should have meant that I could trust you, could be so downright brusque and ignorant.

Let me start by telling you something.. See, I was not a confident child in the slightest. I was always socially anxious and I never really allowed myself to give any sort of after school classes a chance - the pure thought of them filled me with dread. And as an adult, I'm much the same. Social situations often fill me with anxiety and sometimes even panic. But I'm a Mum to two now and one my of my biggest wants in Motherhood is to nurture the confidence that I see in my two little boy - a confidence I never saw in myself. And so whilst the idea of walking in to a new place that I've never been before full of people who all already know each other might fill me with a certain unease, taking my little boy to an after-school class that could hopefully help to nurture and expand on that confidence of his on many levels is always going to be more important than my own personal apprehensions.

On arrival at your class, a friendly male instructor introduced you to myself and my little boy. He'd noticed us walk through the door a little timidly. He introduced you to us - a second instructor of the group. He said you'd stay at the back of the class and look after Ethan just so that he didn't feel too overwhelmed during his first session of Taekwondo. He said as it was our first time there, that we could just watch or join in a bit if we wanted to. So when he left us to teach the rest of the class, I didn't really expect for you to turn around to Ethan straight away and ask him what he wanted to learn first.

I explained to you that neither of us really knew much about Taekwando, that we'd come along just to get an idea of what it was about and to see if it was something that Ethan would be interested in doing. Instead of standing with the rest of the group, or watching them to see what sorts of things they were doing, you took my Son off separately with your own two much older children. It was at this point that you asked Ethan the same question again - what did he want to learn first - like he was supposed to know. And it was at this point that I first felt that twinge of frustration at you - how could you not see that he was just five, that he'd not been before and that he didn't have a clue what sorts of moves there were to learn?!

Regardless of this, I nervously laughed it off. You got your son to show Ethan a move and I'll be honest I was quite surprised when I saw it. It seemed far too advanced for a first trial session and for a five-year-old. Who after seeing what you expected him to copy went from being full of excitement for his first ever class of something just for him (without his little brother) to looking quite sheepish and quiet. But bless him, he tried his best to follow you as you slowed it down for him. I know my Son well and I can tell when he's giving his best and right then he was and for that I was stood there feeling very proud of him, despite the fact that he was struggling to always get it right and wasn't always catching everything you asked him to do as his interest sometimes wandered towards what the main group were doing.

It occurred to me at that moment, that Ethan was probably much like me with his coordination. You see, even at 30 years old, if someone asks me to stick my right arm out and left leg forward, then the opposite then back again, I'll need a little think about it and often will do it the wrong way around. I tried dancing at school when I was younger once and I loved the idea of it, but could I follow the moves? Could I hell!

I didn't give it or myself a chance at the time, but all I really needed was practice and it was clear that that was all that Ethan needed too. After all, we were less than 10 minutes into his first ever lesson. I could see that and I thought, as an experienced instructor, you'd be able to see it too. But your face said otherwise and you seemed to be becoming impatient. It was at this point that I jumped up to join in to help Ethan feel at ease. I laughed with him telling him about my own lack of coordination and we tried to follow you together.  He didn't get it much and that was okay because at the beginning of his first ever day with you, I never expected him to.

What happened next was something I completely hadn't expected from you - you came and stood next to me whilst Ethan was off walking following the lines along the gym floor and in a very impatient, abrupt tone of voice you asked if Ethan had ADHD or Autism 'or something'. You said it in such a way that it actually took me a few seconds to register and then when I answered to say no you replied rather matter of factly saying 'He's just a hyperactive child then is he?!'.

When you saw how uncomfortable you'd made us feel and after I'd told you how inappropriate I thought you were being you told me that you had only asked as you had 'the experience' and 'know that some parents feel too ashamed to say'. It was at this point that I couldn't hear anymore from you and so I called my Son over, got his shoes on and with tears in my eyes I ushered him out of the door as you shouted 'I hope we didn't offend you' as the door closed behind us.

I won't lie, I spent the next two days feeling so upset and angry at you. I'd bought my son to you so that you could help build his confidence up, not try to tear it down when you realised he wouldn't be as quick to learn as you might have liked. I also felt upset at myself as I was the one who took Ethan along to your class, I was the one who put him in front of you, I was the one who rushed him out of the door without any explanation other than 'she wasn't very nice and we don't spend our time with unkind people'. I was so worried the whole thing had knocked his confidence. I was also worried that I'd never want to take him along to another class through fear of someone else being so impatient with him.

But it's been a few days now and you know what? We're already booked into another class, one that actually really does sound kid friendly with a mix of martial arts, gymnastics, games, warm-ups and more. You advertised yourselves as child-friendly but the reality is is that you're not. Firstly, you shouldn't expect so much out of a five-year-old beginner who's only just heard of the word 'taekwondo' and secondly, if you do want to teach five-year-old's then you need to have patience. You need to be warm and welcoming and understand that children learn at all different paces. That they are all uniquely different and that that is what makes them special.

You should know that it's not your questions that offended me (My son is not on the autistic spectrum but I would feel no less proud of him if he were), but rather that you felt the need to try to make out that because your teaching methods weren't working after just ten minutes that it must be something to do with my Son rather than yourself. It was also totally inappropriate of you, after spending 10 minutes with him, to presume something about him that it takes a Doctor months (years even) to diagnose, especially at such a young age.

Your manner of asking was not sensitive, it was not kind, if it had been you would not have been forthright in adding 'or something' to the end of your question and then going on to suggest that he must just be hyperactive then or that if he had been on the spectrum that this is something I might have felt ashamed of. Why (especially for the fact that we'd just met each other) would you even feel that it was okay to suggest that if my little boy had had Autism or ADHD that I might feel ashamed of him? You mentioned 'experience' but you actually seemed to know nothing about either
of these conditions, you were rather totally insensitive and if I'm honest - quite ignorant.

My Mum teaches children with both ADHD and Autism at her school and a few years back I had the pleasure of going in with her for the day to help out. And you know what? I may not know too much about ADHD or Autism but what I can tell you, is that the children I met that day at the school my Mum teaches at were some of the kindest, most funny, most welcoming, most warm little people I've ever met and I'd rather spend my time in their company, than with somebody like you. Because do you know what? It's not things like ADHD or Autism that people need to feel ashamed about in our society, it's people with rude, impatient and ignorant attitudes like yours.

I put in a complaint about you and I hope you learn from this. I hope you never again make small children or anyone else feel the way you made us feel. We all make mistakes, we all get it wrong sometimes, but a little patience and kindness can go a long way - especially so when you're working with children.



The Advantages of Artificial Grass for your Home

On first glance, the many benefits of artificial grass might not become apparent. But, when you actually look a little deeper and examine the reality of how easy artificial grass is to live with, you start to wonder why the benefits aren't better known. It has many benefits which, to many people, make it much more appealing compared to conventional turf. 

Our Modern Kitchen Storage & Organisation

Last year saw us change our house quite a bit - we added on a front two-storey side extension which changed our smallest bedroom upstairs turning it into a really nice sized bedroom for our eldest little boy Ethan. It also changed our kitchen size and the layout. We moved our front door to the front of our house from the side and added on a porch to give us extra storage. We had our driveway done and also our back garden completely re-done. It was a big project and we're so happy with the results, especially so with our new kitchen space, which has become a really nice family space for us all to live and grow in. 

We always knew that we wanted a white kitchen - we were forever pinning our favourites over on our shared home inspiration board on Pinterest. Our new kitchen is from the Clerkenwell Gloss range at Howdens. We love the handleless look, the white gloss and also the extra tall cupboards that we went with, which are great for the extra storage as well as giving that 'in-built' look. 

I shared a full room tour of our new kitchen and dining area space previously on my blog which you can see here and so today I thought I'd give you a look inside of our kitchen units and show you our kitchen storage and organisation. 

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10 Things Not To Miss At Hampton Court Palace If You're A Tudor Fan

I am SUCH a royal history lover. I honestly cannot get enough of reading about, watching, visiting, anything to do with the British monarchy past and present, particularly the Tudor era. For Christmas Adam surprised me with an annual membership for Royal Historic Places for us both, which completely made my Christmas! With our memberships we can visit Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, The Tower Of London and also one of my favourite places in the entire world - Hampton Court Palace.


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